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What is Kodi?
Kodi is an open source media player, that works across android, IOS, Android, Windows and Linux. The media player itself does nothing. However, add in 3rd party “plug ins” called Add-ons, and you have access to masses of online content. This content covers thousands of movies and tv shows all for free. You can also gain access to lots of free to air live TV.
This blog provides information on where to find these plugins and install them.
Is It Very Technical?
Yes and no, like anything new, there are lots of new terms and references to confuse and confound you. This blog will show the simple steps how to get add ons installed.
Is Kodi Legal?
I get access to thousands of movies and tv shows, live tv – is this legal? Well this is actually a complex issue. Distributing copyright infringing files via torrents sites has been deemed illegal by the ECJ, (ECJ ruling on TPB) outside of the ECJ you will have to check this for yourself. Most Kodi add-ons do not use torrents (some do – so educate yourself!), scraper add-ons work by accessing “existing websites” – things you can access from your browser (read this – Movie websites), so in themselves (IMHO) kodi add-ons do nothing illegal – just bypass the browser part to access the same material that is there anyway. The ECJ ruling on torrents is about distributing the files themselves.UPDATE: New ECJ rulings and changes in law in EU Countries now make streaming a “civil” offence, though in some countries eg. Germany they have VERY strict laws and you can be fined substantially for streaming anything deemed as “copyright infringing” content.
It is illegal for the people that host the files you stream. These filehosts therefore are subject to “take down notices”, asset seizures and even imprisonment. This is why things can work one day, then next day the exact same movie might not work.In the UK its now law for ISP’s to log your activity for a year, which can be viewed on request by certain Govt depts on requests, including the police. In the US its now legal for ISPs to sell your browsing data ( and anything else they collect about you). In Holland a recent ruling allows copyright trolls to sotre data for 5 years on browsing habits and in Germany there is a high conviction rate by copyright trolls chasing end users. You should take precautions to anonymise your online activities regardless of streaming or not, but almost certainly if you do.
Do I have to Pay?
In short, no. Everything is free to the end user, Kodi itself is free and so are “most” of the addons available to you. However there are certain providers who have “paid subscriptions” or “subs”, these are usually much less than your cable or satellite providers. These services are illegal for “those that provide them”, but not you the end user.
Paying For Services
I mention that the providers are illegal to focus your mind on this subject. If you purchase a sub, you are paying an “illegal operator”, who could be shut down without warning. You will have no recourse as a subscriber. Now you should understand that and understand you are paying some “random, faceless” person on the internet, so keep this in mind. There are such providers who have been around along time, others that have started up over the last year or so.
Advantages of Paid Services
Almost all will claim that they offer 100% reliability, but I will be honest, nobody can deliver this, they all have their issues and downtimes. This is the nature of the internet, it can be very variable, servers break etc. Do not expect a completely flawless service. They do generally operate better than the free services, but do remember you can get everything for free, paying is choice you make. The reason to pay is convenience, all the channels and sports, usually on a TV guide or EPG (electronic program guide), much like you are accustomed to watching TV now.